Sunday, August 22, 2010

Word Helpers

I just found this great idea from Sarah Cooley's First Grader...at Last! blog. I used DJ Inkers clipart and created a set of signs for my classroom. I would love to share, so email me, if you would like me to send you a copy.

These are instructions and a picture straight from Sarah's blog.

Chunky Monkey and his Word Helping Friends!



This past week my class has been very busy brainstorming the qualities of good readers, discussing where readers read, learning how to find books in our classroom library, practicing how to read independently, and most of all, we have been enjoying good books together! Soon they will learn the strategies that good readers use when they come to unknown words--with a little help from my word helping animal friends! The posters (pictured at the top of this post) hang on the wall above my small group table, and my students are reminded daily of the strategies they should try when they get stuck on a word! After a few weeks, all I have to say is, "Skippy Kangaroo" or one of the names of the other strategies, and the kids know what to do. These are the descriptions for our word helping animals:

*Chunky Monkey: Look for smaller chunks you know inside the word.
*Stretchy Snake: Stretch out the sounds in the word, and blend them together.
*Eagle Eyes: Check the picture!
*Skippy Kangaroo: Skip over the word and read the rest of the sentence, then try it again.
*Flippy the Dolphin: "Flip" the vowel sound. If you tried the short vowel sound, try the word with the long vowel sound. Which one makes sense?
*Lips the Fish: Get your mouth ready. Make the beginning sound of the word.

99 comments:

vannapk1 said...

Thanks for sharing! I also posted a similar idea on my blog but with a twist, see it here: http://www.pre-kpages.com/reading-strategies/

Vanessa @pre-kpages.com

The Kimbrell Family said...

I would love them!!! What a great idea!!! :)
Meaghan
mlkimbrell@auburnschools.org

ChiTown Girl said...

I LOVE these!! Thanks for sharing.

I take it you stayed in the classroom afterall? As long as you're happy, I guess it doesn't matter where you are, right? :)

Alicia M said...

I would love if you would share these with me. Thanks so much. I found your blog this summer. I teach Kindergarten in Plainfield, IL. You have so many great ideas - I really appreciate all of the time that you take to share them with me (and everyone else of course!) Alicia
atmalec@sbcglobal.net

maryam said...

I would love it if you share these with me too. I just found this blog couple of weeks ago and am very excited to have to opportunity to grow as a teacher and become a better teacher.

maryamtsamani@gmail.com

Mrs. Larremore said...

Vanessa- I am having trouble getting my email to go through to you. Will you email me directly.

ChiTown Girl- I did leave the classroom, but since my job is to work with teachers and give them ideas...I am still busy finding things to share. :-)

Becky said...

These look great! I recently discovered your blogs and love them. I would like a copy of the word helpers- bneumann24@hotmail.com. Thank you!

Sass Class said...

I would also love a copy. Please send to ratsass@frontiernet.net. I saw them on Sarah's blog and now on yours. What great helpers for the kids.

Chea said...

I would love a copy of these to hang in my room! thanks for sharing!
cheaward@sbcglobal.net

Alicia said...

OOh neat! Please a copy to me - aliciaraepierce@gmail.com

jen said...

I would also really appreciate a copy of these. My class always discusses the strategies that we use but it would be great to associate them with these characters. Another idea would be to have a bookmark or similar with a small version of the images that you could have right next to the reader. That way a quick point to the necessary strategy could prompt them in the correct manner.
Thank you!
jennifer.dowling@det.nsw.gov.au

Mrs. Larremore said...

Great idea Jennifer. I will work on something like that to share!

Sara said...

Love this idea! I would love a copy for my classroom as well. I just found your blog today by accident and am having a ball digging around. thanks for all of the wonderful ideas that you are sharing!
My email is: Lvdogagility@yahoo.com

Greg said...

I would love a copy of these...I teach Kindergarten in Saskatchewan, Canada and I love all the great ideas.

email; gjtebay@sasktel.net

Thanks,

Heather said...

I would love to get a copy of your signs! Thanks for sharing!

hkaldis@brenhamisd.net

Julie said...

I love your blog and check it often!! I would love a copy of these. My e-mail is jlee@albertk12.org. Thanks!

debbie said...

Thanks for sharing! I am excited to have a visual reference this year to match with the strategies that we talk about in Kindergarten. My email is debbie@newmorningschool.com

Eluciq said...

oh how i would LOVE..lOVE...LOVE them!

tiff@theholtclan.com

what an awesome idea...and so cute too!

Susan said...

These are awesome! Will you please share them with me?
kellnerski@gmail.com

Thank you!
Susan

Voakes Family said...

I would love a copy of these, I have a similiar set but they are smaller. Thanks so much, I love your bog!

Alison

alisonvoakes@yahoo.com

Janae said...

Those are wonderful! I would love a copy!

janaevanorman@gmail.com

gail said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing! I would love a copy too.
ggriegel@gmail.com

Jamay said...

These look great. Please send a copy!
Thanks!

jana@nctv.com

Nikki said...

I would LOVE a copy of what you made! I have a set that my coworkers made, but they were pretty boring! I'd love a cuter set!!! Thanks a ton!
Nikki

paulzinen@tracy.k12.mn.us

Nicole said...

Sarah-
I love your blog, you are so creative! I would love a copy of the word helpers for the classroom walls and the one that is on a single page!! Thankyou:)
nprince18@gmail.com
Nicole

lacyed487 said...

I love these! I teach kindergarten in kentucky and use similar charts but these are SO CUTE! I would love to have them in my classroom, the kids will love them!

Thanks!

Lacye.dixon@fayette.kyschools.us

lauren brittany said...

I would love a copy!

lsoignet@wcpss.net

Cindy said...

I'm late to the party, but I would love a copy.
Thanks!

cindy@simplycindyblog.com

Alicia said...

Can you please share??? : )

Thanks!

acammilleri@mtpcsd.org

Brandy4au said...

Please share!

Thanks!
flowers.brandy@lee.k12.al.us

Kaitlin said...

How did it take me this long to find your blog?!?!?!? Thank you for sharing all of your fabulous ideas! I would love a copy of these word helper cards if it is not too late! Many thanks in advance!

kaitlin.vanpatten@gmail.com

Melissa said...

What a fantastic idea! I've just stumbled onto your blog and am amazed by all your creative ideas! Thanks for sharing-- mebangl@norris.k12.ca.us

Melinda said...

I would love a copy, too, please! akteacher05@yahoo.com

Thanks!!

Jennifer said...

I would love to have a copy, please! They are a wonderful teaching tool and look great!

jroden@pbcschools.org

Thanks!

Shauna said...

I would love to have a copy. Thanks!

skd_1700@yahoo.com

Joey said...

Your blog is great! I would love a copy of this.

jlowe@bayfield.k12.co.us

Emily Lucas said...

what an awesome idea! I would love a copy of this!

Lucase@wawm.k12.wi.us

Thanks!

Whitney said...

These are great!! I would love a copy of this!

wueltzen@hotmail.com

Thanks for sharing!

Jordan said...

Love these!! I would love a copy :) Thanks

jord23@live.com

Jill said...

Hi
I would love a copy! Please!!!! jillybyrne@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello,
These are wonderful! I would love a copy if you can. amorrow@yssd.org

Kathryn Snyder said...

Gosh these are amazing.... I would love a copy if you can. kathryn.snyder@cvesd.org Thanks

Anonymous said...

Would love a copy. Thanks!! anna-wong@live.com

Anonymous said...

These are great! I would love a copy bvaughan@ccps.org. Thanks!

jennifer said...

I would like a copy also! Jelaine14344@aol.com
Thanks!

Love, Polka Dot said...

I love this!!! Would you send me a copy? They are amazing! :)

thepolkadotowl@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy...PLEASE! As a new teacher any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Joshlin
hoonaauao@gmail.com

Alex said...

If you're still willing to send this via email, I would appreciate it so much! :) Your blog is too wonderful!
Alex
anmagiera@gmail.com
aintheclassroom.blogspot.com

April said...

I am having so much fun exploring your blog. If you are able to still send the reading strategies I could really use them in my classroom. Thanks for sharing:)

April

April.L.Johnsonweber@adams12.org

Melissa said...

I have been stalking you blog for a while now and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your reading strategy posters. I can't wait to use them next year. Would you be willing to email me a copy of your posters and bookmarks? I'd really appreciate it.

m_bangle@yahoo.com

Danelle said...

Wow, your blog is amazing. I am dying for copies of these awesome reading strategies. I am so excited to do this with my kinders this year!!! Would you please share? Thank you Thank you!!!

danellekemp@gmail.com

Sarah said...

I know that you originally posted these awhile back, but I would love to have a copy if you are still sharing. Thank you!

sarah.marcum@gmail.com

Isa said...

I just found your blog. It is amazing! Are you still sharing? I'd love to get a copy.

Thanks!

missgingras@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE a copy of these! This is so cute.

25.cmerrell@heritageacademies.com

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I just love these signs! I'd appreciate a copy to use this upcoming school year. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

oops, I suppose my email would help. rachel_justy131@hotmail.com

Thanks!

Whitney Morgan said...

Thank you SO much for sharing all of your creative ideas! I would love a copy of your reading strategy posters!
wmorgan27@gmail.com
Thanks!

Renee said...

I would love a copy of your reading strategy posters!

arm404@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

Thanks!

Miegan said...

I would love a copy as well! I tried emailing you a couple weeks ago, but it may have gone straight to your junk mail.

mc699502@ohio.edu

Karen said...

Could you email me an editable version? I use "Skippy Frog" and then the Kangaroo I am going to do "Hop into a Just Right Book".
Thanks!
kibeagle at gmail dot com

The Hurst's said...

I would love a copy of these please.
jmhurst@insightbb.com

kinderdiva said...

Oh, I so hope you are still sharing!! I heart these!! You have an amazing blog! :)

kinderdiva@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

If you don't mind, I'd love it if you could e-mail a copy of these reading strategies as well. They're awesome!

Thanks much,
Lauren
LaurenWolf84@gmail.com
1st grade teacher

Anonymous said...

I just came across this. Adorable! I would love you to send me them!

ohmylands@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love these and would love to hang them up in my classroom. I would appreciate it if you could email them to me. Thanks.

chirelt@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

Hi. I would love to have a copy of these. I have been out of the classroom for a while and think these would be great for my first grade class.

Mrs. Larremore said...

Email me and I will send them to you.

Liz said...

I would love a copy of these! Thanks for sharing your great ideas each week!!

ehorstman@murrayschools.org

Anonymous said...

Please send me a copy to Linda.reeves@hallco.org

Awesome site!

Anonymous said...

Hello!!
I would love a copy of these fantastic Word Helpers! So cute!!! I am a first grade teacher in China.
My email is amanda.guenter@yahoo.com
Thanks so much!

1st Grade Teacher said...

I love this idea! Could I please have a copy of these?

megmurray89@gmail.com

Thanks!

Rachel said...

If you are still willing to share, I would love a copy of your reading strategies posters! Thank you so much! I am a first grade teacher from the other side of the world:)

Rachel
rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Where have I been? Just found this blog!!! Thanks for sharing all of this wonderful information. If you are still sharing the reading strategies posters, I would love to have copies of them to put in my classroom. My email is lattice22@msn.com

Thanks in advance!

C said...

Please send me a copy of these strategies to bealer4@yahoo.com Thank you so much! I teach kindergarten in New Haven, CT and would love to use in my classroom :)

Yolanda said...

Thanks for sharing your time and talents! Please send me a copy of the word helpers. Blessings to you!
yolanda_jensen@yahoo.com

Lori G. said...

I would love a copy of your reading strategies posters. Please send to lori.graham@leesummit.k12.mo.us
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would also love a copy of your reading strategie posters, you have done a great job. Thank you so much for sharing.
Jenna
jenna_douglas@hotmail.com

Ms. Gonzalez said...

I just came across these on Sarah's site and love them. I have a set, but they are not as cute! I would love a copy of them if you don't mind sending them my way!
thanks!
gabby =)
mgonza20@sbcglobal.net

Aaron and Aubrie said...

I would love a copy! Can't wait to use this in my classroom.

aubriehansen@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Could you please email me a copy of your word helpers? latinameli@yahoo.com
Thanks so much!

laurie.lyons said...

Could I get a copy of the reading strategy posters? THANKS.

Laurie

Laurie377@aol.com

J Fowler said...

I don't think it posted my first comment. I love these! Could you please send them to me at postmajackie@gmail.com. Thank you!

Mrs. Lovegren said...

I just stumbled across your blog! I've been missing out! Would you mind sending me a copy of your word helper posters? My first graders will love these. Thank yous so much!
lovejunk@fnmmail.com

Sarah said...

These would work great for my first graders. sfalletich@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of these, please! kjuby@carthagecsd.org

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is exactly what I'm looking for and trying to implement for my reading groups! Could I please have a copy? perfidiablue@hotmail.com
Thanks!

Vera said...

Hi! I would love a copy too! Planning on displaying in my classroom. Very cute and such a great resource. Thanks!
vcunha@comcast.net

evelyn said...

Could you please send me a copy? Thank you!

evelyn.ng08@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This is an old post, but if possible do you mind sending me a copy?
mw13492yahoo.com

Thank you!

Mrs. Larremore said...

Your email does not work. Can you check it and see what is wrong in it. You can just email me directly for them if you want. april.larremore@gpisd.org

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful for the ideas you share! If these are still available I would love a copy.
lbhildebrand@gmail.com

Dana Murrill said...

Hi! Are you still able to email me a copy of these word helper posters? I would appreciate it so much!! I am a second-year K teacher and really want to use these next year. :)

murrilldm1@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi, I would loooove them for my first grade. Please email them to me at: vikakigreece@yahoo.com
Thank you soooo much!!!! Vicky

Anonymous said...

Hi!
The reading posters are awesome. Would you mind sending them to me too? I would greatly appreciate it!! My email is tsoreal@optonline.net
Thanks so much.
Tracey

Sonia said...

Reading strategy Posters are fantastic, can you pleae email me a copy?
trummels@hotmail.com

Shelbi said...

I just found this through Pinterest! I would LOVE to have a copy of your Word Helpers if you are still up for sharing! sspicer@usd497.org
THANKS!

Anonymous said...


can I get a copy? Thanks! ipeters1@pps.net

Vicki Cupp said...

Please share! these are so great!
vickicupp@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a copy of your Word Helpers if you are still sharing, thanks! jennymarcoe@yahoo.com